With more than a dozen museums, international and local Santa Fe history, culture, and art are richly represented in a broad range of Santa Fe venues. Museum Hill, the home of four stellar museums, is a short drive away from the Hotel St. Francis. Other uniquely New Mexico museums are within walking distance of our historic hotel near Santa Fe Plaza, offering unparalleled opportunities to learn more about culture in New Mexico and the world.
Santa Fe's Museum Hill
Four world-class museums crown Museum Hill: the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art. For more information, please visit museumhill.org.
Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
Featuring works by established and emerging Native American artists, this 75-year-old museum houses a collection of contemporary and historic Native American art, especially from the Southwest. For more information, visit wheelwright.org.
Museum of International Folk Art
With more than 150,000 artifacts, this is the largest museum of its kind and features the work of creative traditional artists from around the world, as well as hands-on art making programs, performances, lectures and more. For more information, visit internationalfolkart.org.
Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
It is easy to become immersed in the past at The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art. Its rotating exhibits offer rare glimpses into New Mexico history through its exquisite artwork. Visitors follow the arrival and evolution of Spanish Colonial arts and crafts in New Mexico. The museum exhibits a wide range of original art works from the historic art of former Spanish colonies from around the world to local modern-day Hispanic artists who continue to evolve the colonial art forms. Group tours are available in English or Spanish. For more information, visit spanishcolonial.org.
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
Part of the Museum of New Mexico system, this museum focuses on tracing the history of Southwestern native art and material culture. They educate both New Mexican Indian communities and visitors through their exhibitions, public lectures, artist residencies, and field trips. For more information, visit miaclab.org.
Museums Near Santa Fe Plaza
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Located within easy walking distance of Santa Fe Plaza, this museum has the largest collection of O'Keeffe's art in the world. In addition to the art and exhibitions, the museum coordinates tours of this iconic artist’s Abiquiu home and studio. For more information, visit okeeffemuseum.org. Also look for our Georgie O'Keeffe Museum Packages
New Mexico History Museum
Relatively new to the Santa Fe museum scene, the New Mexico History Museum is located on the Santa Fe Plaza, where interactive exhibits illustrate the history of native peoples, Spanish colonialists, New Mexico’s Mexican Period, as well as travel and commerce along the historic Santa Fe Trail. This museum includes the Palace of the Governors, the Palace Press, and the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library and Photo Archives. For more information, visit nmhistorymuseum.org.
New Mexico Museum of Art
Founded in 1917 as the Art Gallery of the Museum of New Mexico, this downtown museum hosts an impressive collection of established Southwestern artists and mounts new exhibitions of a variety of contemporary artists. For more information, visit nmartmuseum.org.